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Integrity Insurance to offer AARP Auto Insurance

The Hartford announced today that it is making its award-winning AARP®- branded auto insurance program available through INTEGRITY INSURANCE INTERNATIONAL INC. in COLLIER COUNTY. INTEGRITY INSURANCE INTERNATIONAL INC. was chosen after satisfying a number of eligibility requirements, which included: demonstrating a commitment to community service; meeting a high-level of business and ethical standards; and completing a training program designed to address the needs of the 50+ population. “For more than 25 years, the industry-leading AARP-branded auto insurance program from The Hartford has been extremely popular,” said Jim Flynn, vice president, The Hartford. “Much of the success of this program is ... Read More »


Bedtime Bundles is working diligently to help not only the children of today’s migrant working but also the forgotten population of adults who live in the greater Naples area that includes the  Golden Gate Community.  This disadvantaged group earns well under $10, 000 annually and includes migrant and former migrant workers. Migrants/former migrants are scattered throughout all of Collier County. Naples is so spread out, making it virtually impossible for the migrant/former migrant population to get to any centrally located community center; of which there is none. There is very little to no assistance in the greater Naples/Golden Gate area ... Read More »

America Travel Arrangements

In cooperation with Vikings River Cruises, America Travel Arrangements participated at the East Naples Business Association Show on Friday, January 18. See attached photo with business owner, Jill de Vries.  In celebration of the new innovative Viking ships on the German Rhine and Danube Rivers, the door prize for the show consisted of a basket with four engraved Viking beer mugs, four bottles of German beer, a Viking travel bag and two new foldable flower vases. The winner was well known Marco Islander and Marketing Director for the YMCA, Steve Reynolds. He collected his prize from Michelle Wegman at the ... Read More »

Season Kick-Off Party

The guests may have all been incognito, but they were welcomed among family and friends as The Tarpon Club at Fiddler’s Creek kicked off the season with an elaborate Masquerade Party. The South Terrace and Gulf Ballroom at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort were decorated by The Tarpon Club staff with a masquerade ball theme for the grand affair which kicked off the season with much flare. Many guests came decked out with authentic masks and costumes representing an Elizabethan queen or princess or animals such as a panther or leopard. Others chose to dress in black accentuated by vibrant colors and designs. The ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture prevent a heart attack

IBERIABANK, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, and Physicians Regional Healthcare System will kick-off the 2013 Health Plus Lecture Series with a topic that many people are focusing on as they aim to carry out their New Year’s resolutions. Dr. Richard Gelb, a cardiovascular specialist, will discuss ways to maintain a healthy heart to prevent heart attacks. The lecture is scheduled for Monday, January 28, 2013 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Dr. Gelb is licensed in Nuclear Cardiology and is board certified in Cardiovascular Medicine, Interventional Cardiology and Internal Medicine. His ... Read More »


Fort Myers Beach has been selected as the tall ship Lynx’s new winter home port of call. The ship is currently in Fort Myers Beach through January 23. Lynx will then travel to St. Petersburg before returning to Fort Myers Beach for the duration of the ship’s winter months (February-March). The announcement of the winter home for the tall ship was made during the January 10 Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. A schedule of future ship tours and sailaways in Fort Myers Beach will be announced in the coming days. The ship will return to Fort ... Read More »

Ever thought of climbing Mt. Everest with your eyes closed?

Youth Haven’s Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon Scheduled for January 30 Tickets are still available for Youth Haven’s 3rd annual Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon that is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Erik Weihenmayer’s presentation, “Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness.” Weihenmayer is the first blind man to climb to the top of Mount Everest and the only to reach the top of all Seven Summits. A former middle school teacher and wrestling coach, Weihenmayer is one of the most exciting, celebrated, and well-known adventurers in the world. ... Read More »

Par-Tee-Time Golf Tournament May 18, 2013

Chain Life Winter Haven LLC. to present the inaugural Par-Tee-Time golf tournament on Sat., May 18, 2013.  Modeled after the Conch Life Scramble in the Florida Keys, the Par-Tee-Time event is a nine-hole golf competition with boats replacing golf carts and holes located at various restaurant/bars on the intercostal waterways. The biodegradable golf balls are designed for this type of event and contain fish food released after 48 hours. “This event will take on a life of its own and will be highly anticipated each year, the combination of sun, boating, friends and a splash of golf makes it a ... Read More »


MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, show a prolific sales increase in 2012 according to Gerry Rosenblum, President.  Here is a comparative recap of what happened in the Marco Island Real Estate market in 2011 and 2012.   2012                        2011 Single Family Homes Sold          390                         350 Vacant Lots Sold                            186                         107 Condominiums Sold                       524                         430 Totals                                                 1,100 ... Read More »

23nd Annual Love of the Y Tennis Tournament Greater Marco Family YMCA

The 23nd Annual Love of the Y Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 8-9-10 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Tennis Facility. Tournament Director Raul Saad says that events scheduled are very accommodating to work schedules and the matches will be played throughout the weekend. The events scheduled include Women’s and Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles for 6.0-7.0 and 8.0 levels. Players must play at their USTA Level or higher. The entry fee is $30 per player, per event. Players may only participate in two events and on of the doubles partners must pay for both ... Read More »


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is proud to join with the Florida Department of State in commemorating 500 years of Florida history throughout 2013. Viva Florida 500 commemorates Florida’s rich heritage and diverse cultural history through 2013, a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States. Visitors are invited to remember Florida’s rich history with first-hand experiences of the eras and events in state parks that helped make the state into what it is today: a community of many diverse cultures. “Many of Florida’s state parks hold a piece of our state’s ... Read More »


First National Bank of the Gulf Coast announced today that $60,000.00 was raised at their Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in October. The proceeds will be split evenly between Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) and Special Needs Children’s Fund of Collier County. “We are delighted with the success of this year’s tournament. The resounding results would not have been possible if not for the hard work and dedication of our bank employees. The members of our banking family worked tirelessly to secure sponsorships, raffle prizes and golfers to help raise money for these two wonderful charities. ... Read More »

Calling ALL Ladies… Let’s Learn to Fish AND Kayak in Matlacha/Ft. Myers March 9-10, 2013

An incredible mini-event is being offered to women for the first time by the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” University Series. The Matlacha/Ft. Myers University is March 9-10, 2013 at Matlacha Community Park. “We have chosen to host our Gulf Coast event at Matlacha – a beautiful part of the state with bountiful fishing,” commented Founder, Betty Bauman. “It’s a refreshing location perfect for beginners, those who have fished before or any lady with fishing on her bucket list!” Held on a Saturday afternoon, the mini-event includes much of what is offered at the full LLGF Universities plus Kayak fishing has been added ... Read More »

Come Walk the Beach With Us

Friends of Tigertail Debbie and Marty Roddy invite you to the Rose History Auditorium on Monday February 4th at 10:30 A.M. for a virtual tour of Tigertail Beach and Sand dollar Island. They will also, include a brief survey of the history and an explanation of nature’s impact on the area. Immediately after their presentation, Mango’s Restaurant will provide picnic lunches for $11.00—these come with bottled water, but you may bring your own non-alcoholic drink if you wish. The group will then adjourn to the beach, and you may carpool from the museum complex. If you do not have a sticker ... Read More »

Draft Amendments to the Fiscal Years 2012/13 through 2016/17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 30-Day Public Comment Period Announced

Each year, the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization is required to develop a financially feasible TIP that includes all items that are to be funded with state and federal dollars over the next five years.  Occasionally it becomes necessary to add, delete, or modify a project included in the MPO’s TIP. The Collier MPO is hereby announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft amendment to the adopted Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Fiscal Years (FY) 2012/13 through FY 2016/17.   The draft amendment is for the reprogramming of funds from a no longer needed Project Development and Environment (PD&E) ... Read More »

Face Awards Event Draws National Speaker to Naples

Marcellus Alexander Jr., the executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will visit Naples, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 1, as the keynote speaker for the third annual Face Awards, which recognizes Southwest Florida individuals and businesses that embrace and promote the positive values of diversity and help others. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Waldorf Astoria, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, Fla. Alexander has long been dedicated to supporting workplace diversity in the broadcast industry, which is why he recently founded the NAB Education Foundation, of which he is the president. From ... Read More »

Cruises to Fakahatchee Island set for Feb. 1 and Feb. 15

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced two February dates for their popular cruises through the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands to historic Fakahatchee Island. The chartered boat tours will leave Everglades National Park Ranger Station at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 1 and Friday, February 15. The fee for the cruise is $75 and reservations are required. Cruise participants find getting to the island is often half the fun as dolphins frequently accompany the boat on its journey through Fakahatchee Bay. On the return trip, the cruise passes a bird rookery that frequently offers memorable glimpses of its residents ... Read More »

Hodges University announces Sixth Annual Diversity Festival

The 2013 Hodges University Diversity Festival will return to the Sugden Regional Park in Naples on February 23. The Festival, which runs from 12 pm – 6 pm, will bring together a broad array of vendors, entertainers and local artisans representing the cultural diversity of the Naples and Ft. Myers communities. The Festival will feature local high school marching bands, drummers, singers and dance performers from our diverse communities; an arts and crafts area, as well as a Fine Art gallery and several multi-cultural heritage exhibits. Local restaurants will provide a vast array of multi-cultural food samples for a small ... Read More »


On Thursday, January 17, 2013, Governor Rick Scott received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied disaster assistance to Florida’s communities due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Governor Scott requested Public Assistance on November 1, 2012 for Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy on October 24-26, 2012. Florida sustained $44.9 million in damage to infrastructure and beaches. “We are disappointed in FEMA’s denial of our appeal of federal disaster assistance to aid Florida counties impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Scott. The original request for federal assistance was ... Read More »